• To distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or application.
  • To separate (the food) in its passage through the alimentary canal into the nutritive and nonnutritive elements; to prepare, by the action of the digestive juices, for conversion into blood; to convert into chyme.
  • To think over and arrange methodically in the mind; to reduce to a plan or method; to receive in the mind and consider carefully; to get an understanding of; to comprehend.
  • To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled to; to brook.
  • To expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
  • To undergo digestion.
  • To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
  • To cause to suppurate, or generate pus, as an ulcer or wound.
  • To ripen; to mature.
  • To quieten or reduce (a negative feeling, such as anger or grief)


  • That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles
  • A compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged; a summary of laws.
  • Any collection of articles, as an Internet mailing list including a week's postings, or a magazine arranging a collection of writings.
  • The result of applying a hash function to a message.


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  • From Middle English digesten, from Latin dīgestus, past participle of dīgerō, from dī- (for dis-) + gerō, influenced by Middle French digestion.
  • From Latin dīgesta, neuter plural of dīgestus, past participle of dīgerō.

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